Foster healthy communities by promoting and supporting programs that increase access to
affordable, high-quality care for all
The Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) is a non-profit membership organization that serves as the Primary Care Association for North Dakota and South Dakota, supporting community health centers (CHCs) in their efforts to provide health care to underserved populations across the two states. CHAD works with health center members and other community leaders and partners to enhance access to affordable, high-quality health care and to find solutions for expanding health care services in areas of the Dakotas that need it most.
For nearly 30 years, CHAD has supported the efforts of CHCs through training, technical assistance and advocacy. Currently, CHAD supports nine CHCs across North Dakota and South Dakota by providing a variety of resources for key areas of operations, including clinical, human resources, finance, outreach and enrollment, marketing and advocacy.
Community health centers are non-profit, community-driven primary care clinics that provide high-quality primary and preventive care to all individuals, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers are located in underserved and low-income urban and rural areas across North Dakota and South Dakota, providing access to affordable, quality health care for those who need it most. The centers serve as essential medical homes where patients find services 
that promote health, diagnose and treat disease, and manage chronic conditions and disabilities. In rural communities, health centers support a community’s ability to retain local health care options, supporting access to health care where rural Dakotans live and work. The Dakotas’ network of nine health center organizations provides care at 62 locations to more than 100,000 patients each year.
Health centers serve all populations with limited access to
 health care, including:

• Rural and frontier areas

• Veterans

• Limited English proficiency

• Uninsured

• Medicare and Medicaid

• Low-income